Creeping Beauty: Fairy Tales Gone Bad

Illustrator: Freya Hartas

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 3 of Fairy Tales Gone Bad Series

Age 9+

Fantasy & Magical Realism

A subversive, funny – and deliciously prickly! – tale for the young reader looking for a book with bite.

Eshe and her twelve sisters are Fairy Godmothers, honoured for the incredible gifts they can bestow. But Eshe’s special abilities are a little different – she can glimpse into the future! And, one day, Eshe foresees something terrifying: a world blanketed in creeping vines and a girl covered in thorns. Eshe needs to stop her vision becoming true, but it will require old and powerful magic. And she won’t be able to do it alone…

Following on from Zombierella and Frankenstiltskin, this is the third and final book in a deliciously dark trilogy of twisted classics, written in verse by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Freya Hartas.


Joseph Coelho is an award-winning poet, playwright and writer from London. His first poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules!, won the CLPE Children's Poetry Award, and he has been writing and performing ever since. His picture books include If All the World Were... illustrated by Allison Colpoys and Luna Loves Library Day, Luna Loves Art and Luna Loves Dance all illustrated by Fiona Lumbers. His poetry books for children include Overheard in a Tower Block illustrated by Kate Milner and A Year of Nature Poems illustrated by Kelly Louise Judd. The first two books in the Fairy Tales Gone Bad series are Zombierella and Frankenstiltskin. Follow Joseph on Twitter as @Poetryjoe and on Instagram as @josephcoelhoauthor.

Freya Hartas is an award-winning illustrator of children's books. She illustrated Dark Lord: Teenage Years which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and she won the Lemniscaat Illustration Award for her first standalone picture book, Little Kong. She also illustrated the Isle of Misfits series and Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers. She is the illustrator of the first two stories in the Fairy Tales Gone Bad series, Zombierella and Frankenstiltskin written by Joseph Coelho. Find her online at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @FreyaHartas.


As the title suggests, this is not your standard fairytale. Lots of fun – and it’s written as a verse novel, so I loved it.

Sally Murphy


King's School Chester School Book Award
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